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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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June 11
Genealogy Club Meeting
1 - 4 p.m.
Library Archives Center

Interested in researching your family history? Have you already started your research, but have hit a dead end?

Join Douglas County Historical Society for a monthly class in genealogy. Work with the Historical Society’s researcher, Max Sparber, to explore various techniques for building your family tree, and share your discoveries with your classmates.

Classes are three hours long. The first hour is for beginners, and will introduce basic techniques in genealogy. The second hour is for everybody, and is an open hour to do research, share discoveries, ask questions, and help each other. The third hour is for advanced students and will teach more complicated or time-consuming techniques of researching a family tree.

Classes are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 or email members@douglascohistory.org to make your reservation. This month’s meeting will be held at the DCHS Library Archives Center on June 11 at 1 pm.

June 12
Second Sunday Talk
Douglas County Immigrants and their Catholic Churches
Presented by Fr. Michael Gugtsell
2 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 110

Join us at Historic Fort Omaha as Father Gugtsell will present on the history of Douglas County’s many ethnic Catholic churches and the role they played in shaping their immigrant communities. The talk is presented by the Douglas County Historical Society with funding provided by the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation.

This Second Sunday Talk will be held on July 12 at 2 pm at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in Building 10 Room 110. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations.

June 15
A Taste of Tea with Mona Christensen
2 p.m.
General Crook House Museum

Herbal Teas how to prepare them and are they really good for you? Maximum of 10 per class; $15 for members; $18 for non-members, reservations close 4 days prior to each class or when class is full. Reserve your spot today by emailing members@douglascohistory.org or calling 402-455-9990. Payment is required at time of reservation.

June 29
Reader's Circle
Noon
General Crook House Museum

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on June 29 at noon at the Crook House Museum.

This month's book will be Omaha Gold: A Story of the Transcontinental Railroad by Lawson McDowell. Lawson McDowell’s popular novel uses historical fiction for a retelling of the story of America's first transcontinental railroad and its less-celebrated dark back-story. The enduring account of Lincoln's Union Pacific Railroad is told in two storylines: one from the present, the other from America's pioneer days, linked by an American tyrant's lost gold.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.


July 27
Reader's Circle
Noon
General Crook House Museum

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on July 27 at Noon at the Crook House Museum.

This month's book will be The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the '68 Racial Divide by Steve Marantz. In the spring of 1968, the Omaha Central High School basketball team made history with its first all-black starting lineup. Their nickname, The Rhythm Boys, captured who they were and what they did on the court. Led by star center Dwaine Dillard, the Rhythm Boys were a shoo-in to win the state championship. But something happened on their way to glory. In early March, segregationist George Wallace, in a third-party presidential bid, made a campaign stop in Omaha. By the time he left towm, Dillar was in jail, his coach was caught between angry political factions, and the city teetered on the edge of racial violence. So began the Nebraska state high school basketball tournament the next day, caught in the vise of history. The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central tells a true story about high school basketball, black awakening and rebellion, and innocence lost in a watershed year. The drama of civil rights in 1968 plays out in this riveting social history of sports, politics, race, and popular culture in the American heartland.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.